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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Searchdimension.com might look like a reliable search engine, but we want to inform you that its publishers have chosen a rather dishonest distribution method that involves using bundled third-party software installers, so you might want to remove it. Its search results can feature modified results that contain links to promoted websites. As a result, you get poorer quality results, and the promotional links might redirect you to malicious websites. Also, this search engine can collect information about you to personalize the ads. From the outset, it is clear that this search engine is bad news, but if you want to get more information on it, then please read this article.

We have found that this particular search engine comes with a dedicated browser extension named Search Control that is compatible with Google Chrome only. So the only way you can get this search engine with its accompanying browser extension is if you use Google Chrome. Nevertheless, you can use it on any other browser if you set Searchdimension.com as the homepage manually (which we do not recommend.) Search Control is featured on the Chrome Web Store, so you can get it if you want it. However, its developers employ another more sinister distribution technique. We have found that its developers have made arrangements to have this search engine bundled with third-party software bundles. So you can get this search engine unintentionally as a result of installing a shady third-party software bundle.

In the event you install Search Control, it will replace Google Chrome’s homepage address and new tab pages with Searchdimension.com. This search engine is actually quite aesthetically pleasing as it features this Apple OS-like background image complemented by a digital clock, never mind that the default system clock is right there on the taskbar. It also shows your location in case you do not know where you are as well as the temperature. Unlike most shady search engines, this one allows you to select one of three search engines you like to use to search the web. And, you can choose between Google.com, Bing.com, and Yahoo.com. However, regardless of your choice of search engine, Searchdimension.com will modify their search results to include promotional links. The problem is that some of those promoted links might be of malicious nature because you cannot know whether the links are safe.

Another thing that is worthy of a note is that this search engine can collect information about you. According to its privacy policy, “We may collect and store any information you provide when using the Search Dimension Services (e.g. when registering on the Search Dimension website) or that you provide in some other manner.” The policy states that the information gathered automatically includes IP address, your browser type and language and other browser-related information, a time-stamp, the keyword query, search query text, search results clicked, pages viewed, search history,” and so on. This search engine collects this information using web beacons, cookies, and other information gathering technologies. All of this information is used to present you with personalized, allegedly relevant ad-supported search results.

While Searchdimension.com is not a malicious search engine, you should know that it can replace your browser’s homepage address without your knowledge as the software bundles that it might come with can be configured to install it on your web browser automatically. Unfortunately, it features ad-supported search results that are rather untrustworthy and also collects information to personalize them. Therefore, to ensure your PC is safe, you should remove it from your PC. All you have to do is getting rid of the browser extension it comes with. Please see the guide below on how to delete it.

How to remove Searchdimension.com

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Simultaneously Press Alt+F.
  3. Select More tools and click Extensions.
  4. Find Search Control and click Remove.
  5. Done.
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